Sheet of studies for 'May Morning on Magdalen College Tower'
William Holman Hunt 1827-1910
Watercolour and pencil over grey wash, drawn in 1888
Accession number WAG 10537
Purchased 1985 by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Grant Fund and the Friends of Merseyside Museums and Art Galleries.
Hunt drew these studies on a visit to Oxford in 1888 to view the ceremony of greeting the sun from on top of Magdalen College Tower. It was a subject he had long wanted to paint. The finished painting is in the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
Most of the studies relate to the views of Oxford rooftops and Botanical Gardens glimpsed through the gothic balustrade in the centre of the painting.